LOGAN — As the snow level continues down, from the mountains into the valleys, one of the other signs of winter is coming this weekend. Friday and Saturday, Warren Miller’s new movie, “Face of Winter,” makes its premiere in Logan, giving skiers and snowboarders a look at some of the sports’ most extreme locations.
Gary Nate worked as a camera man for Miller years ago and now organizes the movie showings. He said this year’s film marks the 69 annual movie, and the first since Miller passed away in January.
“It’s a celebration of Warren’s life and a conglomeration of all the stuff he’s done, from early in his career,” explained Nate. “Plus they go to Switzerland, they go to Portillo Chile, it is kind of a combination of both.”
This year’s movie is being shown Friday and Saturday nights, in the Mount Logan Middle School auditorium. Tickets are available for each of the shows. They can be purchased at Al’s Sporting Goods.
Warren Miller was born in Hollywood, California, and loved skiing, surfing, and photography. During World War II he enlisted in the Navy, serving in the South Pacific. After being discharged, he moved to Sun Valley, Idaho, and became a glorified ski bum, living in a trailer and working as a ski instructor. His first movie was released in 1950.
While showing some of the extreme destinations to ski and snowboard, “A Face Of Winter” also looks back at some of Miller’s early movies. It also includes some of his dialogue from those films.
Clip of the movie: “We snow riders are the most fortunate people on this planet earth, as we get to spend an endless winter on the side of a mountain somewhere, on whatever we enjoy the most,” said Miller. “Riding on something that never changes, yet is never the same. Something as simple as a blanket of snow.”
Tickets for this year’s movie are $21 and include free lift tickets to Beaver Mountain, Cherry Peak Resort, Snowbasin, Nordic Valley and other discounts, plus a year subscription to Ski Magazine.